Cardiovascular disease is a growing epidemic in this country and I am in full support of creating more awareness about this serious health issue which is a top killer not just in this country, but worldwide.
Estimated costs of treating heart disease in the US will go up by approximately 545 billion dollars over the next two decades as the statistics related to this epidemic continue to rise.
But what I don’t support is the way that the American Heart Association is being used by Big Pharma as a mouthpiece for pushing dangerous and minimally effective statin drugs on the US population.
A growing body of evidence shows that statin drugs are over prescribed, questionably effective, and can cause serious side effects.
However, the American Heart Association continues to heavily promote statins as universal heart attack prevention. They have even publicly raised the question of whether statins should be added to the US water supplies along with fluoride!
High cholesterol & heart disease can be managed WITHOUT drugs!
Today, millions of Americans are using statin drugs for controlling high cholesterol and preventing heart attacks. These conditions, however, can often be managed effectively with natural cardiovascular supplements and lifestyle changes, without dangerous side effects.
Now under guidance from FDA, millions more Americans are being encouraged to begin taking cholesterol medication, even if they don’t have heart problems or elevated cholesterol levels. Given the proven varied and dangerous side effects of statins, this decision is not the right approach for reducing heart attack risk or even guaranteeing the cardiovascular health of those who do have elevated cholesterol.
In 2008, a study came out titled Justification for the Use of Statins in Prevention: an Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin (JUPITER). This study found that, among 17,800 subjects followed over the course of the two-year placebo-controlled trial, patients taking statins to treat inflammation benefited from a 54 percent lower risk of heart attack and a 48 percent lower risk of stroke when compared to patients who simply lowered their cholesterol alone.
Statin drugs only offer minimal protection from heart attack
But when John Hopkins University investigated these findings with another study, they came out with very different results, which suggested that statin drugs only offered minimal decreased risk of heart attack, and only in patients who had significant arterial calcium deposits, not elevated cholesterol. And they are not the only research institute that has disputed the use of statins.
As more stories emerge regarding the flawed nature of Big Pharma’s studies on these drugs, the public may be waking up to the dangerous truth about statins.
As I’ve reported in the past, several major studies have found that, among statin drugs’ other widely reported side effects—including muscle pain, memory loss, and liver damage—these medications also raise your diabetes risk by as much as 13 percent.
To make matters worse, the FDA acknowledges the influence of statins on diabetes risk—but have approved its use for heart attack prevention anyway, based on the results of the now-famous JUPITER study. Needless to say, this development does not bode well for the health of our country. And while there is little I can do to stop doctors from prescribing statins to twice as many patients, I can at least warn you against filling that prescription—while suggesting some safe and clinically supported alternatives which I have uses successfully in my practice to protect and promote the cardiovascular health of my patients.
For example, it is a well known fact that even simple lifestyle changes—such as a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3s, daily physical activity, and adequate sleep and hydration—can go a long way toward reducing inflammation and restoring health and balance to your body.
Antioxidant-rich botanicals and nutrient…including nattokinase, hawthorn berry, Chinese salvia, L-Carnitine, and Reishi and Cordyceps sinensis medicinal mushrooms…also play a critical role in integrative protocols designed to combat heart disease due to their proven ability to quench free radicals, counteract chronic inflammation, and promote circulation.
“Cholesterol Guidelines not Based on Evidence,” laleva.org, 24.01.07
“The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis,” hopkinsmedicine.org, Principal Investigator Name: Wendy Post, MD, MS, IRB Number: 99-11-10-06
“Statin benefits questioned in low-risk patients,” Reuters.com, Jan 19, 2011
Dr. Isaac Eliaz, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980's, is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator and clinical practitioner.
Since 1991 Dr. Eliaz has maintained a busy private practice in northern California that focuses primarily on integrative, holistic protocols for cancer patients. He leads an integrative medical team at Amitabha Clinic in Sebastopol, California with focus on cancer and other chronic ailments.
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